"This reminds me of those Sierra utilities they would install with every single game they released."
You mean those ones that wouldn't uninstall?
This is all clear as mud now. I will have to install Steam with any current, up to date, or new Valve product. This is one hell of a way to clip piracy in the ear. Put a choke hold on legit users. I love it. Does Steam have to run every time I execute a product? Do I have to run Steam to update? Will there be no stand alone patches? Will I be buying HL 2? I am seriously reconsidering. This whole concept of Steam just smacks of "wanting to rule the world".